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Youngsters help build a special chicken coop

Connor Duggan, Ryan Daykin, Hollie Brown and Katie Charlton at the chicken coop.

Connor Duggan, Ryan Daykin, Hollie Brown and Katie Charlton at the chicken coop.

Children at a Northumberland primary school have hatched their own chicks and built their own coop for the chickens to live in.

The youngsters from Cramlington VIllage Primary School have been taking part in a ‘how are things built’ project, and built the chicken coop with help and materials from Lend Lease.

Principal Debbie Wylie said: “We wanted children to be able to develop their understanding of building something with a real purpose behind the learning.

“We always planned to hatch our own chicks at school and the coop tied in nicely with the theme.”

The children created some imaginative designs, including a house with a fox trap to keep them safe.

The new chicken coop became a community project when Lend Lease offered one of its joiners to assist the school’s caretaker in constructing the coop using recycled materials from the hospital build nearby.

Alison Bell from Lend Lease added: “Community investment is an important part of our ethos and we have been delighted to work with the children and teachers at CVPS and hope to continue to build the relationship.”

As part of the same theme, the school’s Year 1 and 2 classes have also visited Newcastle and the Quayside to look at the construction of different buildings such as the Baltic and Betty Surtees House.

A grand ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the school’s Easter fair to officially open the coop.

 

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